• 10 points from Smith’s media briefing

    Cricket South Africa acting director of cricket Graeme Smith made several key statements during Saturday’s media briefing at Newlands.

    • Former Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Mark Boucher has been named head coach. Boucher is currently the head coach of the Titans and Tshwane Spartans.


    • The Lions’ Enoch Nkwe, who was interim team director for the recent tour of India, has been named assistant coach.


    • Batsman Faf du Plessis has been retained as the Test XI captain. The Proteas will soon host England for four Tests in Centurion, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

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    • Team manager Volvo Masubelele has been retained. Doctor Mohammed Moosajee’s tenure as team manager ended after the World Cup earlier this year.


    • Fielding coach Justin Ontong is staying. Ontong previously captained the Proteas T20I XI.


    • The Cape Cobras’ Ashwell Prince has been named head coach of South Africa A. Prince is also the coach of the Cape Town Blitz.

    Also see: Smith turns to Boucher

    • Convener of selectors Linda Zondi’s tenure has resumed. Zondi vacated the post briefly after the 2019 World Cup.


    • The Test squad for the upcoming series against England will be named on Monday. The series opener will start at SuperSport Park in Centurion on 26 December.


    • Batsman Aiden Markram is still nursing a hand injury. Markram’s hand was hurt during the Test series in India.


    • Smith will soon appoint bowling and batting consultants. Former all-rounder Jacques Kallis will reportedly be employed for the latter role.

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